Dave Chappelle set to host first-ever Blue Note Jazz festival in Napa

Dave Chappelle speaks onstage during the 36th Annual Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on October 30, 2021 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Dave Chappelle speaks onstage throughout the thirty sixth Annual Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on October 30, 2021 in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Jazz, and drama, is coming to Wine Country this summer time.

Controversial comedian Dave Chappelle is set to host the Blue Note Jazz Festival in Napa Valley in late July. This would be the first time the festival is being introduced in Napa, having been hosted in New York City for the previous 10 years. 

The festival comes from the famed Blue Note jazz club in New York’s Greenwich Village. Major names in jazz and hip-hop will headline, together with Erykah Badu, D Smoke, Corinne Bailey Rae, Talib Kweli and Maurice Brown with Anderson.Paak. 

The legendary comic first rose to fame along with his groundbreaking sketch comedy collection, Chappelle’s Show, which made him a family title in the early 2000s. But the 48-year-old stand-up has gained notoriety for his latest specials, in which he’s made quite a few jokes at the expense of trans people — together with claiming that he’s a TERF (trans-exclusionary radical feminist).  

Apparently, festival organizers are banking that Chappelle’s plain recognition will outweigh any unfavourable reactions regarding his internet hosting. 


The festival will happen on the Charles Krug Winery in St. Helena, July 30-31. Tickets, which begin at $385 for two-day passes, go on sale this Tuesday, April 26. 

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